Friday, May 29, 2020

Rick and Morty - Never Ricking Morty

"Never Ricking Morty" offers an anthology-style story strung together by the idea of Rick (Justin Roiland) and Morty (Roiland) being trapped on a train full of passengers all of whom have various Rick and Morty stories to tell. Pushing the limits of meta, Rick and Morty discover the train is controlled by Story Lord (Paul Giamatti) who hopes to use the imaginations of the pair to break through the fifth wall (but it turns out the entire episode takes place within Morty's new trainset). As with previous anthology-style episodes, some of the bits (quick look at the futuristic war between cats and dogs, Biblesaurus and his veggie pals) work better than others (Rick's musical numbers, a Christmas saving vignette without a punchline, or the constant abs jokes).

Offering plenty of Rick and Morty-style touches by poking fun at everything from consumerism to the Bechdel test, the narrative structure is a bit looser than many episodes allowing the craziness to ramp into full gear offering such bizarre moments as a rain of blood at a child's birthday party, Jesus Christ literally saving Rick and Morty's lives, and the returns of Phoenixperson (Dan Harmon), Tammy (Cassie Steele), and Evil Morty as possible foreshadowing of things to come. In the end, it's enjoyable episode that may not fit together all that well if you spend too much time thinking about it, but sure does offer it's share of fun in quick bursts (some of which may work better the second time around).

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